The Bishop of Southwark is a joint president with the Anglican Bishop, of the Southwark Housing Association. Ltd.. and the Bishop of Pella is a member of the
Advisory Council. This Association has just issued its fifth Report, recounting the particulars of another year's good work.
Many will learn with regret, from the Report that in spite of the considerable Housing activities of the London County Council and of the Southwark Borough Council, deplorable conditions still prevail in the Borough. Nearly all the new flats in central neighbourhoods are built under the 1930 Act. and, in order to qualify for the Exchequer subsidy, they must be tenanted by families drawn from the Slum Clearance areas. The families outside these areas, however dark. damp, verminous, and overcrowded their homes may he, have at the moment little chance of fresh accommodalion, except in outlying estates, to which, if their occupations are in the centre, at is nearly always the case, they cannot afford to migrate. owing to the drain on the family budget caused by fares and by meals away from home.
Some instances are quoted showing terrible conditions, but much is being done, by the Association and other agencies, to remedy the state of affairs. An Advisory Bureau, a Home-Makers' Club. and a Nursery School are among the activities in operation, and support has been given to a company launched last year with the object of selling strong, well-designed furniture and furnishing materials at the lowest price which will bring a moderate but safe return on capital.